Author: Tochi Onyebuchi

“You know the sound of thunder, don’t you, Mrs. Garrett?” Palestine, Pt. 2

Tochi Onyebuchi, CLS ’15, received a summer grant from Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Internship Program and spent ten weeks, during the summer of 2013, in the West Bank. He worked with a prisoners’ rights organization based out of Ramallah as efforts to revive peace talks had reached their highest pitch. This is part 2 in a series of essays he wrote about his time there. _________________ I’ve had much reason lately to think of serendipity and its opposite. At work, I presently research and compile updates on Palestinian political prisoners detained in Israeli jails. Many of these men...

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The Long Con: American Hustle & The Wolf of Wall Street

David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” begins with a grotesquerie. It’s a quiet moment of vanity and artifice from an actor whose brand has become an exquisite lack of vanity. The hair and the suit, they’re costumes in every sense of the word, but here, as in every caper film, the costume is not only the thing you use to fool everyone who looks at you. It is the thing you are trying to grow into. The thing you’re trying to scheme your way into. Fake it ‘til you make it. Until either you’ve arrived or you don’t need to lie...

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Reviewed: Final Judgment on Three Oscar Contenders

“I’m sorry. I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried. I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right. But I wasn’t.” He pauses for a beat, then declares, “All is lost.” That is, quite deliberately and quite magnificently, the most you’ll hear out of Robert Redford for the next 100 or so minutes.

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